Dorset Buttons with Marilyn Rathbone

Saturday 2 September, 11-5, £125 includes a light lunch

Hosted by Marilyn Rathbone

Marilyn Rathbone is a British artist particularly known for her use of box making, braiding and button making. Trained in fine art, her move into textile art happened when two of her pieces were selected for Art Textiles 2 – the second major survey of British artists working with textiles (2000 – 2002). Her work has been exhibited widely across the UK, and in The Netherlands, Japan, Australia and the USA. 
In this workshop Marilyn will explain and demonstrate how to make a Dorset ring button, the Crosswheel. It is the most popular type of Dorset button, perhaps because of its versatility. It can be made using different ring sizes and different types of thread and, not only that, there are many variations of weaving pattern. Marilyn will bring an array of samples both to illustrate the process and inspire you.   
By the end of the workshop you will have made Dorset Crosswheel buttons and tried out some of the variations. You will have developed skills so you feel confident to make Dorset Crosswheel buttons on your own and be able to experiment with other patterns. There will be a pack of rings and lengths of different threads for you to take home.
Suitable for beginners, this class has 8 places
Tapestry needles, rings and threads are provided but you are welcome to bring your own if you'd like to use a specific thread or colour.
You will need to bring a basic sewing kit with different sized needles for finishing off (they will need fairly large eyes), a needle threader (optional) and a small sharp pair of scissors.

162 Archway Road 
N6 5BB

Tube: Archway and Highgate
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after 12 o'clock on Langdon Park Road next to the shop.